We were pretty fortunate to pull that Blackhawks game out on Saturday. What a pass by Kaner in overtime!
Moving on to Tuesday…
Both the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks have started slowly. Montreal is currently 1-3-1 with their only win coming against the lowly Buffalo Sabres while San Jose is 1-3 despite playing their first four games of the season at SAP Center in San Jose. Like Montreal, the Sharks’ only win was against the Buffalo Sabres.
In Montreal’s last game, they lost a tough one to Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto snapped a 14-game losing streak to Montreal, ultimately winning 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Now, they have to fly out west to a place where they have not won since 1999, having dropped their last 10 visits to San Jose.
This is an important game for the Sharks, as this is their last home game before they make a trip to the East Coast for six consecutive road games. They have always played well at home, and this season should be no different despite the slow start. The Sharks simply are not converting their scoring chances at the moment — the same problem Montreal is facing.
There is no doubt Carey Price is elite, but he is off to a slow start (3.45 GAA, .885 SV%) just like Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones (3.92 GAA, .881 SV%). This matchup will likely come down to special teams, which bodes well for San Jose; Montreal has yet to get their power play going, converting just once on 16 opportunities with the man advantage. Look for San Jose to win a close one.
Fair Odds: Sharks -130
Nothing else for Tuesday on the ice as of now.